My Sunday Photo

This is DD1 and our second rescue dog, who she has taken on the task of training.

He was an Irish street dog and was rescued from a pound when his seven days were up. A very lovely rescue called Heathlands Animal Sanctuary brought him to the UK and fostered him for three months before we met him and took him home.

He’s a good old fashioned mutt. DNA tests have shown he’s got a labrador grandparent, and a husky grandparent, and the rest is a real mix. But he’s very keen to learn and is a good partner for DD1 in both dog training and agility classes.

Here they are practicing the ‘Watch Me’ command, where he is supposed to be looking at his owner and ignoring what’s going on around him. You can see the concentration on his face as he waits to be told what to do next.

He’s not perfect, and is partial to stealing food and disappearing after interesting smells when in the woods, but he’s a loved member of our family now and the thought that he was so close to being killed because no one wanted him makes me very sad.

Sunday photo

14 comments on “My Sunday Photo

  1. We just returned home from Sri Lanka where stray dogs line the street and beach. I befriended a blind dog in the park and if I could have brought him home i would have–he was just so sweet and surprisingly healthy despite his handicap.

    • Oh god, we spend a few weeks in Sri Lanka a few years ago and the stray animals broke my heart.
      This summer we drove around Ireland, and even there some dogs have a very different life from our mollycoddled beasts. Everytime the kids saw one roaming the streets they wanted to ‘rescue’ it, but most of them probably had homes!

  2. He is doing a fantastic job of the watch me command. Its nice that your daughter wants to train him with set her up with some good skills for when she is older.

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